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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 15, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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Rev. and Mrs. J. J. Hoffman.
New Orleans. The quaintest old
couple in quaint old New Orleans is
The Helping Hand mission in Ba
ronne street, where more than 200,
000 "down-and-outs" have been
given food, regardless of creed, na
tionality or state, is closed.
Old Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Hoffman are
buried in a Canal street cemetery in
the tomb he himself carved and put
together a year ago. Their wish that
they die together was granted. With
in 24 hours they died, he of pneu-
An organization committee of
three visited the state institutions at
Jacksonville and Lincoln this week.
It represented the Hospital Nurse
and Attendants' union. The commit
tee arrived back in Chicago yester
day with 500 new members, which
brings the total membership of the
union close to the 2,000 mark.
G. A. Neil, sec'y of the joint coun
cil of union, and Catherine Thomas,
A. P. of L. organizer, made the trip
with Wm. Jones of the Chicago State
monia and she of apoplexy.
.Never was a man turned away
from the high iron gate in front of
the Helping Hand mission in the 13
years the Hoffmann's operated the
Helping Hand mission.
Just how the Hoffmanns kept
spending their funds for the poor is
shown by the fact that at the start
of the fourteenth year of the Help
ing Hand mission there was only
$1.10 left of a fund of over $15,000.
They died in poverty, giving their
last cent to feed a hungry family,
The union was organized to bet
ter the working conditions of nurses
and attendants in state institutions.
Prior to the organization women at
tendants and nurses worked 14 hours
a way, seven days a week. Illinois
did not obey its own 10-hour-day for
women laws.
The union has obtained an eight
hour day and a six-day week. A flat
increase of $5 a week has been ob
tained and the wage scale of the '
women is now the same as the wage
scale of the men, -i

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